Duke University and Duke in DC

I teach American politics courses at Duke University in the fall semester and run the Duke in DC “semester away” program for undergraduates in the spring. My courses cover the politics of the policymaking process; democratic participation and inequality; philanthropy and public policy; and practical applications of policy theories. My courses typically ask students to produce research for a “real world” organization. I also advise student theses at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. I’m their teacher, but more so, they are mine.

I am grateful to have received the Sanford School’s 2021 Susan E. Tifft Teaching and Mentoring Award, as well as to have been inducted into Duke’s Bass Society of Fellows.

Here are some thoughts on teaching during the pandemic year.